As if Covid-19 and the elections don’t fill our brains enough, we now have one of the four major forest fires in Colorado affecting our daily lives in Lyons.
The Cameron Peak fire is near Red Feathers Lake, north of the Rocky Mt. National Park, and west of Ft. Collins. It is approximately 60 miles from Lyons “as the crow flies.” It fills our sky with smoke, and sometimes ashes, mainly in late afternoon and into the evening. Many dramatic photos of orange suns and spooktacular skies are being shared. Add to that the images of gigantic pillars of smoke clouds emerging from the fires.
On Saturday we heard that the Cameron fire had doubled in size, and then on Labor Day we were told that it had tripled and was now more than 100,000 acres. The list of mandatory and voluntary evacuations is growing each day.
Roosevelt National Forest has some closures. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a complete fire ban and an area closures, including Fall River Road. For information please see https://go.usa.gov/xGCfb. Larimer County also has a fire ban in place through September 18, 2020. More information is available at https://tinyurl.com/y332jsoy.
A statewide open fire ban is also in effect for the State of Colorado.
(update 9/10/20: ban extended till October 7)
You can check the aggregation of daily reports, including maps, at INCI Incident Reports
Sign up for the Emergency Notification list for Northern Colorado at: NoCoAlert.com